This cheeky little nugget of new information was quickly set upon by Doctor Who fans across social media, and some popular theories have been circulating already.
A Children in Need Special?
Speculation has been rife since Russell T Davies also revealed that fans should keep their diaries clear on November 1st, 17th and 23rd, but confirmed that none of these are the air dates for the three 60th anniversary special episodes.
It’s since been confirmed that November 1st is the day that all of the classic Doctor Who episodes and spin-offs arrive on BBC iPlayer, and 17th November is the date of long-running charity telethon Children in Need:
This wouldn’t be the first time we got a Doctor Who treat on Children in Need night – a particularly unforgettable example being the 1993 Dimensions in Time minisode mashup of Doctor Who and Eastenders (which falls into the so-bad-it’s-good category), as fans were quick to point out:
And then there’s the infamous 1999 Comic Relief special episode The Curse of Fatal Death…
A Minisode Like The Fiveish Doctors?
The other most popular theory right now is a minisode (with many calling for a Paul McGann appearance), with fans remembering the excellent 50th anniversary specials The Night of The Doctor and The Fiveish Doctors, which featured former Doctors Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, Paul McGann, David Tennant and Matt Smith.